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Separated @ birth : a true love story of twin sisters reunited book Separated @ birth : a true love story of twin sisters reunited

Bordier, Anaïs, 1987- author.
362.734 BORDIER

"Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, 'I think we might be twins--don't freak out.' It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on November 19, 1987--the exact same location and day that Anaïs was born. This propelled her to make contact via Facebook. One message later, both girls wondered: could they be twins?"--Amazon.com.

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The good house : a novel book The good house : a novel

Leary, Ann.
FIC LEARY

"The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place--"if they invite you over for dinner, and it's not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life"--and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn't enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets. There's a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire--and a love story between two craggy sixty-somethings that's as real and sexy as you get. An exceptional novel that is at turns hilarious and sobering, The Good House asks the question: What will it take to keep Hildy Good from drinking? For good"--

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The beautiful mystery CD The beautiful mystery

Penny, Louise.
CD FIC PEN6099

When the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony.

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How to be happy book How to be happy

Davis, Eleanor, 1983-
FIC DAVIS

A collection of literary comics exploring joy, anguish, fear, and loneliness. Named one of NPR's and Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014.

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Run book Run

Patchett, Ann.
FIC PATCHET

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children--all his children--safe. Set over a period of twenty-four hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her bestselling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

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The invention of wings CD The invention of wings

Kidd, Sue Monk.
CD FIC KIDD

On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

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The care and handling of roses with thorns book The care and handling of roses with thorns

Dilloway, Margaret.
FIC DILLOWA

Thirty-six-year-old Gal Garner lives a regimented life. Her job teaching biology and her struggle with kidney disease keep her toggling between the high school, the hospital, and her home on a strict schedule. Only at home, in her garden, does Gal come alive. It's here that she experiments with Hulthemia roses, painstakingly cross-pollinating various specimens in the hopes of creating a brand-new variation of spectacular beauty. But even her passion has a highly structured goal: Gal wants to win Queen of Show in a major competition and bring that rose to market. Then one afternoon Gal's teenaged niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister, arrives. Unannounced. Neither one of them will ever be the same. Filled with gorgeous details of the art of rose breeding, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is a testament to the redemptive power of love.

suggested by Ruth




The peripheral CD The peripheral

Gibson, William, 1948-
CD FIC GIBSON

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do-a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building.

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The abundance : a novel book The abundance : a novel

Majmudar, Amit.
FIC MAJMUDA

Mala and Ronak are surprisingly less comfortable with their dual Indian and American roots than their parents, part of an immigrant community that has happily embraced the New World. Told that their mother is about to die, they return home to the Midwest, where Mala persuades Ronak that they should immerse themselves in Indian culture by learning to cook their mother's favorite recipes. Then Ronak hits upon the idea of capturing their experience in book and film, and all hell breaks loose.

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Seconds book Seconds

O'Malley, Bryan Lee, author, illustrator.
FIC OMALLEY

Katie's life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all--but they don't come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over: 1. Write your mistake 2. Ingest one mushroom 3. Go to sleep 4. Wake anew. And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She's also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms--and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it's against the rules.

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Underwater puppies book Underwater puppies

Casteel, Seth.
779.3297 CASTEEL

The world fell in love with swimming canines in Seth Casteel's first book, Underwater Dogs. Now, in more than 80 previously unpublished portraits of underwater puppies, we see man's best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Each vibrant and colorful underwater image shows off the wild and sublime range of emotions of puppies, cute and irresistible to the very last.

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Garment of shadows book Garment of shadows

King, Laurie R.
FIC KING

The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he's learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell, suffering a temporary memory loss, searches for her "self," each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it's too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.

Latest book in my favorite mystery series! - Dawn




Meet Paris oyster : a love affair with the perfect food book Meet Paris oyster : a love affair with the perfect food

Guiliano, Mireille, 1946-
641.694 GUILIAN

A engaging exploration of the Parisian love affair with the world's most sensuous shellfish. It centers on Huîtrerie Régis, a tightly packed oyster bar in the heart of the City of Light, with an opinionated owner and a colorful cast of regulars. Part cultural journey, part cookbook, and part slice-of-life play, this book introduces readers to the appetites (gastronomic and otherwise) of Paris and its people.

Suggested by Dawn




Delicious and suspicious book Delicious and suspicious

Adams, Riley.
FIC ADAMS

Welcome to Aunt Pat's barbeque restaurant--family run and located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. Named in honor of Lulu Taylor's great aunt, the restaurant is known for its ribs and spicy corn bread, but now the Taylor family will be known for murder--unless Lulu can clear their name.

If you love BBQ and quirky Southern mysteries, this may be the book for you. - Dawn




Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know book Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know

Horowitz, Alexandra.
636.7 HOROWIT

In Inside of a Dog , Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog-owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs-as seen from the animal's point of view. Inspired by her years of living with her own dog, Pumpernickel, who was a constant source of delight and mystery, Horowitz's mind became filled with questions and ideas. In crisp, clear prose, she draws on her research in the field of dog cognition to give readers a sense of a dog's perceptual and cognitive abilities-and paints a picture of what the canine experience is like.

Suggested by Dawn




Lost girls : an unsolved American mystery book Lost girls : an unsolved American mystery

Kolker, Robert, author.
364.1523 KOLKER

A tragic account of the lives and deaths of five Craigslist prostitutes, whose bodies were found on the same Long Island beach in 2010. Kolker examines the socioeconomic and cultural forces that shaped these women and ultimately led each of them to a life of prostitution.

Suggested by Liz




Death in Salem : the private lives behind the 1692 witch hunt book Death in Salem : the private lives behind the 1692 witch hunt

Foulds, Diane E.
133.4309 FOULDS

During the 1692 witch trials, more than 150 people were arrested, twenty of those arrests ending in execution. This book explores the personal lives of the young "bewitched" women who led Salem's witchcraft frenzy and the tragedies they endured.

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Sisterland : a novel book Sisterland : a novel

Sittenfeld, Curtis.
FIC SITTENF

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar 'senses,' innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people's secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. A compelling read for those who enjoy examining familial bonds between sisters, spouses, and parents.

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The kitchen house book The kitchen house

Grissom, Kathleen.
FIC GRISSOM

Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland to America, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work. As a white servant girl, Lavinia perilously straddles two very different worlds, bonding both with the kitchen slaves and the plantation's opium addicted mistress. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

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Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life CD Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life

Robbins, Tom, 1932- author.
CD BIO ROBBINS ROBBINS

Fans of Tom Robbins will love this unconventional autobiography. From his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures, his unique voice combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

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Lucky us : a novel book Lucky us : a novel

Bloom, Amy, 1953-
FIC BLOOM

Set in pre- and post-WWII Ohio, Los Angeles, New York and Germany, half sisters Eva and Iris journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune.

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Natural born charmer book Natural born charmer

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth.
FIC PHILLIP

NFL quarterback Dean Robillard has set off on a cross-country trip and when he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit. Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she's wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Full of Phillips' brand of witty banter and cast of crazy characters this book combines heart with a dash of humor to create a unique tale of personal and emotional discovery.

Suggested by Marina




Anansi boys book Anansi boys

Gaiman, Neil.
FIC GAIMAN

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life. Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad, he was Anansi, the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself. With legends included alongside the main story this book will appeal to those that enjoy folk tales, fairy tales and legends re-imagined.

Suggested by Marina




Cabin pressure : one man's desperate attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor book Cabin pressure : one man's desperate attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor

Wolk, Josh, 1969-
796.54 WOLK

Three months before getting married at age thirty-four, Josh Wolk decides to treat himself to a "farewell to childhood" extravaganza: one last summer working at the beloved Maine boys' camp where he spent most of the eighties. And there he finds out that there's no better way to see how much you've changed than to revisit a place that hasn't changed at all. This is a book for anybody who has gone to summer camp and yearned to go back--and why you can't (or shouldn't).

Suggested by Marina




I'd like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High book I'd like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High

Danza, Tony.
371.1009 DANZA

Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony Danza found his way to a classroom filled with twenty-six students who were determined not to cut him any slack. They cared nothing about “Mr. Danza’s” showbiz credentials, and they immediately put him on the hot seat. This was an extremely honest and poignant account of Danza's period as a first time teacher. He wasn't afraid to share his emotions (good or bad) with either the students he was teaching or the audience he was relating his experiences to.

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